A cut means more inside than it does on the street, and that's especially true in solitary—where some guys haven't seen their own reflection in a month.
I got to the point where I easily made $16,000 each month.
Some former prisons now cater to haunted house enthusiasts and people who believe in the paranormal.
Together you get your financial house in order, finalize his will, take baths, and cry.
Trying to maintain contact with my loved ones turns into a maze of skipped meals, smuggled cell phones, and a whole lot of pain.
I expected to catch shit from other prisoners, but the harassment from guards is way worse.
From moonshine to tattoos to balloons of drugs, America's prison inmates do what it takes to make life inside tolerable.
Whenever you go to the prison yard, there's always a chance you won't make it back. I would know: I spent ten years inside and learned how to weaponise everything from magazines to cigarette filters.
How the US became the most Imprisoned nation in the world.
Now that solitary is on the national radar, systemic problems with "the hole" are being laid bare for all to see.
Even in times of uncertainty, the corporations that build and operate prisons and jails seem guaranteed to turn a profit.
The device is, both literally and metaphorically, my greatest source of pain.